Morning newspapers – 8 October 2007

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More than half the students in senior secondary vocational education (MBO) can only read short simple texts. Their language ability levels are so poor that many of them cannot complete their studies at the required level. This emerged from a survey among first year MBO students conducted by marketing research agency ICE, de Volkskrant reported. With some 500,000 students the senior secondary vocational education sector is the largest in the Netherlands after the primary school sector.

More than half the students in senior secondary vocational education (MBO)   can only read short simple texts. Their language ability levels are so poor that many of them cannot complete their studies at the required level. This emerged from a survey among first year MBO students conducted by marketing research agency ICE, de Volkskrant reported.  With some 500,000 students the senior secondary vocational education sector is the largest in the Netherlands after the primary school sector.

Each year at least 70,000 children are sold or stolen in China. A human rights expert said this in a documentary aired by British Channel 4, according to a report in Trouw. Most children end up with childless couples; a small number of them end up in prostitution. The Chinese embassy in London has tried to prevent the documentary from being aired because it reportedly over simplifies the situation and because child trafficking is not limited to China.

"Anybody in the world recognises a Dutch person." Former prime minister Ruud Lubbers said this during a debate in response to Princess Maxima's controversial speech last week, according to de Volkskrant.  Her comment that "the typical Dutch person" does not exist caused  a lot of commotion. Lubbers feels that the Dutch are known for taking the initiative, are individualistic, energetic and tight-fisted. Lubbers added that if he had been responsible as prime minister he too would have allowed Princess Maxima to make her comments.

The AD reports on doubts that have arisen among scientists about the usefulness and effect of soot filters that are mounted on diesel powered cars, vans and lorries. This year the ministry for the environment (VROM) will spend EUR 110 million in subsidies on these filters. Soot filter experts believe that filters mounted later on do not reduce 44 percent of particulate matter emitted, as the ministry claims, but a lot less.

There were 70,000 more war victims in the Netherlands during World War II than initially assumed. The Nederlands Dagblad reports on a publication of two researchers from Utrecht university, who found that many of those deported were registered as emigrants in the statistics, even though a great many of them were  killed in the German gas chambers. The number of war victims should be an estimated 280,000 rather than 210,000, according to the researchers.

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